Unpaid for months, health workers resort to selling medical supplies

A resident of Ongoko sub-county in Arua district has accused medical staff of Corner Kilak Health Centre III of stealing medical supplies and selling them to clinics.

Ben Asidra told Newshapa that some of the most stolen supplies were surgical gloves and syringes. Theft of public hospital commodities remains a big challenge even in other parts of the country. Four months ago, the Uganda Medical and Dental Nurses Council suspended the medical superintendent of Kaabong district hospital and another doctor attached to Kawolo Hospital in Buikwe district for allegedly stealing drugs.

On the other hand, many health workers employed by the Government including those in Corner Kilak have gone for months without pay. Asidra believes survival is why these particular ones have turned to selling hospital sundries. Here in Kampala, nurses and doctors at Kawaala and Kisenyi health centre IIIs in Kampala are currently on strike, saying they have not been paid for the last four months.

- July 17, 2014
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